This holiday season, many of us have to change our workout schedules and fitness plans due to traveling or family time. Here are some ways to stay in shape during the busy holiday season (via: active.com)
1. Do high-intensive & quick workouts
30 minutes of working out still count as a part of your regimen. For the holidays, try combining three lower body workouts (squats or lunges) and three upper body exercises (modified push-ups or chair dips).
Warm up with exercises like marching or jogging in place, then do 10 to 20 repetitions of a lower body exercise and 10 to 15 repetitions of an upper body exercise. Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place.
Repeat this routine two or even three times and then try a variation of abdominal crunches, low back lifts and stretches.
2. Use the airport as a gym
If you’re traveling, flight delays can leave you with extra time at the airport, so take advantage of it. Store your luggage in an airport locker and take a hike through the terminal.
4. Bring Tubes, Bands and More
You don’t need to bring heavy equipment wherever you go. Invest in fitness bands and fitness apps so you can work out on the go.
5. Plan to Relax
Don’t overdo it. Staying fit is important, but don’t lose sight of the real reason for the holidays spending time with those who are important to you.
6. Ease Back Into Your Routine
Depending on how much you worked out during your travel, you may need to gradually ease back into your old routine. You may want to consider using lighter weights or decrease the intensity or the duration of your workouts until you can return to pre-trip conditions.